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Industry innovation

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) identifies innovation opportunities to deliver environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities in Queensland.

EDQ's dedicated innovation team works with governments, industry and universities to research and demonstrate innovative technologies and initiatives.

By identifying future industry challenges and opportunities we're helping Queensland's development sector to be more innovative.

Planning for the future

EDQ's innovation team delivers trial and demonstration projects that are commercially viable, resource efficient, climate resilient and future ready. New and emerging technology can be complex and disruptive. We help to manage this through fact finding, identifying new opportunities and facilitating projects.

Innovation priorities

EDQ examines trends in planning and development and identifies ways innovation can be used as a catalyst for growth. Our innovation priorities include:

  • clean energy: from large-scale solar to 'behind the meter' renewables (i.e. development side)
  • digital: maximising the benefits of technology by connecting people and developments
  • entrepreneurship and knowledge strategies: focusing on new knowledge and job creation
  • sustainable planning and development: creating efficient and sustainable developments for a better future
  • transport and mobility strategies: advancing connectivity for EDQ developments.

EDQ innovation projects

EDQ continues to innovate across our portfolio of projects, from pioneering small lot development at Fitzgibbon Chase, to identifying opportunities on future industrial land (see Aldoga Renewable Energy Project). We have also gained UDIA EnviroDevelopment Five or Six Leaf accreditations for many of our projects.

Other key innovation demonstrations include:

100% smart solar developments

Carseldine Village and SongBird at Oxley are smart residential developments where 100% of dwellings will have solar, battery, and energy management systems. The dwellings will generate more power than they use, storing power for night use. Over the year will be net zero energy emissions. The batteries have smarts to give homeowners the choice to trade their excess solar or battery energy

Nimble infrastructure

Nimble infrastructure is self-contained infrastructure with its own power. It can be temporary or permanent. This means it can be cost effectively delivered and relocated to other sites in the future. Wireless automated solar+battery lighting at Cabbage Tree Creek at Carseldine Village and at the carpark next to Eat Street Northshore are great examples. The Northshore lights are automatically and remotely controlled using a smart gateway.

eat street carpark

e-switch at Carseldine Village sports grounds

Carseldine Village has integrated eSwitch technology into its state-of-the-art sports precinct. Developed in South East Queensland, eSwitch enables sports clubs and associations to securely control their sports field lights via a smart phone. Combined with the BrightSport web-based app and Bluetooth locks, it also enables casual users to seamlessly book, pay and play at the sports precinct, encouraging people to get active outdoors.

Carseldine Village sports ground

Tropical North Queensland Electric Vehicle Drive

The 500km plus Tropical North Queensland EV Drive consists of AC destination EV charging stations at six iconic tourism locations across Tropical North Queensland. The project lays the foundation for standardising EV charging infrastructure within EDQ development projects and PDAs.

north queensland electric vehicle drive

Last updated: 09 Nov 2021